Jim Varney Net Worth

Jim Varney Net Worth is
$12 Million

Jim Varney Biography

Jim Varney Net Value: Jim Varney was an American comedian, actor, musician, voice artist, and maker who had a net value of $12 million dollars. The type not merely made his name well-known but also added up to the quantity of Jim Varney net worthy of. John was the 4th child and just boy of Louise and James Varney. Worrell which he performed in a number of Ernest TV commercial promotions and films. His catchphrase “KnoWhutIMean, Vern” went viral nationally nearly as soon as he uttered it. Jim is certainly most common for his interpretation of Ernest P. At that time, he was generally performing during the night clubs and espresso houses. Hence, she enrolled him in the theater when he was eight. His curiosity in performing grew in his teenage years. When he was 15, he performed Ebeneezer Scrooge in an area theater and began performing professionally at age 17. His mom discovered his interest for executing as she noticed that small Jim would impersonate the cartoon people he noticed on his black-and-white television. In 1980, he begun to appear on Television when he booked some careers to appear in Television commercials. Hey Vern, It’s MY CHILDREN Album. In fact, the Ernest personality became so well-known that it was put into a Television series: “Hey Vern, it´s Ernest”. Disney also continued to acquire the type and after that, a number of Ernest started with 1987’s “Ernest would go to Camp”, offering Jim world-wide fame and several accolades. Early Lifestyle (Childhood): He was created on 5th of June 1949 in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. He was much smoker which triggered him a lung cancers. After a number of chemo remedies, Jim passed away in White Home, Tenessee on February 10, 2000 at age 50. It’s been calculated that the entire quantity of Jim Varney net worthy of gets to a sum of 12 million dollars, by at this time. He was a favorite comedian and actor and he was also observed for his work as a producer, tone of voice actor and musician. The actor was created in 1949 in Lexington, Kentucky. Jim Varney is mainly known for just one of his many people – Ernest P. Worrell. He appeared as this personality in a few Television commercials in addition to movies. Jim Varney was created in Lexington, Kentucky, US on June 15, 1949. Personal Lifestyle: He was initially wedded to Jacqueline Drew but this marriage finished after five years aged relationship. It proceeded to go viral and produced him a star immediately. Jim Varney was the just boy in his family members and he offers three sisters. Jim Varney when he was developing up would view cartoons and imitate the heroes on them, and it had been this time around when his mom realized her son’s capability in performing arts. Consequently, when he was 8 years old, his mom signed him for theatre lessons. When he became an adolescent, his curiosity into acting became a lot more stronger. As the character became therefore well known, the suppliers made a Television show based on it, known as “Hey Vern, it´s Ernest”, which also produced Jim Varney’s name more popular and increased the entire quantity of Jim Varney net well worth. He began his career as a specialist actor when he became 17 years older and after that he achieved a whole lot in this sector, which also became the primary way to obtain Jim Varney net worthy of. Before he got his start TV and movies, Jim Varney was executing in dance clubs and coffee homes. Jim began his on-screen profession appearing in Television Commercials in 1980. Furthermore to his professional profession, Jim Varney can be known for his personal lifestyle. Worrell. When he was 15 years previous, Jim Varney made an appearance as Ebeneezer Scrooge in an area theater creation. Disney got interested into this creation and created a string based on it, you start with “Ernest would go to Camp” that was released in 1987. Due to his appearance in that one, Jim Varney became a global star and in addition earned many awards and reputation. The 1st time he made an appearance on a industrial was as the talked about personality – Ernest P. The actor was wedded 2 times and he also divorced 2 times. and Nancy Louise Varney as their just son. Who’s Jim Varney: Jim Varney was an actor. He was also known to be a comedian, and article writer. In the first 1980s, he made an appearance in the film Knowhutimean? His first industrial featured the Ernest personality which will be used in a number of subsequent advertisements. Jim both wedded and divorced twice. He was created to James Albert Varney, Sr. He passed away when he was 50 years old, in 2000, because of cancer. Interesting Facts: During his loss of life his net worthy of was approximated to be all around us $12,000,000. He has towering elevation as he methods six foot and one inches. Jim Varney is well known for his catchphrase, which is really as comes after: “KnoWhutIMean, Vern”. He also got wedded to Jane Varney for approximately three years. Accomplishment: He was once honored with Daytime Emmy Awards. Rumor: He passed away of lung cancer tumor in 2000.

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Quick Facts

Full NameJim Varney
Net Worth$12 Million
Date Of BirthJune 15, 1949
DiedFebruary 10, 2000, White House, Tennessee, United States
Height1.85 m
ProfessionMusician, Comedian, Writer, Actor
EducationLafayette High School, Murray State University
SpouseJane Varney, Jacqueline Drew
ParentsJames Albert Varney, Sr., Louise Varney
MoviesErnest Goes to Camp, Ernest Goes to Jail, Ernest Scared Stupid, Ernest Saves Christmas, Toy Story 2, Toy Story, Ernest Goes to School, The Beverly Hillbillies, Ernest Rides Again, Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam, Ernest Goes to Africa, Slam Dunk Ernest, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Treehouse Hostage, 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain, Ernest in the Army, Daddy and Them, Your World as I See It, Snowboard Academy, Annabelle's Wish, Wilder Napalm, 100 Proof, The Expert, Fast Food, Knowhutimean? Hey Vern, It's My Family Album, The Ernest Film Festival
TV ShowsHey Vern, It's Ernest!, The Rousters, Pop! Goes the Country, Pink Lady, America 2-Night, Fernwood 2 Night, Operation Petticoat, Johnny Cash and Friends

Interesting Facts

1 Varney himself sang the song "Gee I'm Glad It's Raining" for his movie "Ernest Goes To Camp" in a single take. When he finished performing it for the movie, reportedly there wasn't a single dry eye on set.
2 Shares his birthday with country singer Waylon Jennings who was one of his closest friends!.
3 Was a fan of The Beverly Hillbillies (1962). In fact, it was said to be his family's favorite show.
4 Jim Varney was supposed to be in a movie called Pirates of the plain. Directed By John Cherry. But when got sick the lead went to Tim Curry instead. This somehow became a rumor that Jim was filming Ernest the pirate but died before it was finished.
5 Youngest child and only son of James Albert Varney Sr (1910-1985) and Louise Varney (1913-1994). He has three older sisters.
6 Varney was very good friends with actor Blake Clark and Clark took over the role of "Slinky Dog" in Toy Story 3 (2010), after Varney's death. In an interview for "Toy Story 3", Clark described Varney as a very good and kind man and one of his bestest friends.
7 Remained good friends with his second wife Jane after their divorce and she became his spokesperson later in life.
8 Was very good friends with Robin Williams.
9 When given the chance to have a lifelong dream fulfilled by such groups as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, several hundred terminally ill children have asked to meet Ernest. He never let them down.
10 Studied Shakespeare at the Barter Theatre in Virginia and performed in a folk show during Opryland's first year of operation
11 Standup comedy launched his TV career. His first national appearance came at age 25, when he embarked on the talk show circuit, that included The Merv Griffin Show (1962) and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962).
12 Along with Robin Williams, Varney was one of Los Angeles's Comedy Store's original alumni.
13 The character of Ernest was actually introduced in a commercial for Bowling Green, Kentucky's Beech Bend Raceway Park.
14 Between 1987 and 1990, Disney released four Ernest movies that generated a total of $100 million. Five more Ernest films were released independently, mainly for the video and television markets.
15 Among one of the companies he portrayed his beloved character, Earnest, was for the Kroger grocery store chain. These aired mainly in the marketing area of Tennessee, parts of Mississippi and Ohio where Kroger grocery store chains are predominate.
16 As Ernest, Jim Varney used to do Purity Dairy commercials which ran in Nashville, TN.
17 As his Ernest P. Worrell persona, he did advertisements for the Southern California auto mall Cerritos Auto Square. After his death, commercials now feature a CGI Ernest.
18 He used to do commercials for the Dodge dealership in Henderson, Kentucky, sitting in the Dodge Viper "high in the sky."
19 When he discovered he had lung cancer, he reportedly threw away his cigarettes and quit smoking cold turkey. Unfortunately, it was too late.
20 Despite his persona as Ernest P. Worrell, he reportedly had a near genius I.Q. level. He was said to be occasionally exasperated with fans who met him and assumed he was exactly like the Worrell character he portrayed.
21 Known to fans as Ernest P. Worrell, his most famous character, who propelled him to the public eye. Ernest appeared in commercials "alongside" his off-camera friend Vern. Ernest would address the camera as if it were Vern.
22 His final movie, "Ernest the Pirate" (2000) had nearly completed shooting at the time of his death. For that reason, it got canceled, and was never released on VHS, DVD, or as part of an "Ernest" box set on anything.
23 Lived in Lexington, Kentucky while growing up, and graduated from Lafayette Senior High School with the class of 1968. He listed a former teacher, Thelma Beeler, as being one of the main contributing factors in his becoming an actor.
24 Jim Varney died at about 4:45 am February 10, 2000 at his White House, Tennessee home.
25 Was a heavy smoker and died of lung cancer.
26 Included in a 1986 home video collection of Ernest commercials is a public service spot with Ernest trying to convince "Vern" to quit smoking, thus avoiding "The Big 'C'-Cancer. Chemotherapy City."


1 Known for his character Ernest P. Worrell.
2 Raspy voice.


1 [After being asked if he was a chain smoker] Nah, I'm not a chain smoker. they're real hard to light, and you have to carry that big torch around.
2 I'd like to do a piece of Shakespeare. Any upcoming Shakespeare film. Just a bit to say I did a classic.
3 I like to sing. I write music. Country songs. You have to if you're in Nashville. It's part of the lease. You sign a lease that says, I will write country songs and pay my rent on time.
4 I started to do a study on how not to do stand-up comedy. Yeah, it's lonely work. You die, you die alone. It's you, the light, and the audience. If you win, you win big. If you lose, you lose big time.
5 [On making Ernest Scared Stupid] I loved it. As a kid, anything that gave me nightmares I had to watch.
6 Life's just a bus stop to somewhere infinitely better.


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Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1989 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series Hey, Vern, It's Ernest! (1988)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst New Star Ernest Goes to Camp (1987)



Atlantis: The Lost Empire 2001 Video Game Cookie (voice)
Daddy and Them 2001 Hazel Montgomery
Atlantis: The Lost Empire 2001 Jebidiah Allardyce 'Cookie' Farnsworth (voice)
Toy Story 2 1999 Video Game Slinky Dog (voice)
Toy Story 2 1999 Slinky Dog (voice)
Treehouse Hostage 1999 Carl Banks
Existo 1999 Marcel Horowitz
Hercules 1998 TV Series
3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain 1998 Lothar Zogg
Ernest in the Army 1998 Pvt. Ernest P. Worrell Army Captain Arab on Quicksand
The Simpsons 1998 TV Series Cooder
Blood, Friends and Money 1997 The Old Mariner
Annabelle's Wish 1997 Video Mr. Gus Holder (voice)
100 Proof 1997 Rae's Father
Ernest Goes to Africa 1997 Ernest P. Worrel Hey You, the Hindu Auntie Nelda ...
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man 1997 TV Series Walt Evergreen
Snowboard Academy 1996 Video Rudy James
Roseanne 1996 TV Series Prince Carlos
Toy Story Activity Center 1996 Video Game Slinky Dog (voice)
Toy Story 1995 Slinky Dog (voice)
Slam Dunk Ernest 1995 Video Ernest P. Worrell
The Expert 1995 Snake
Your World as I See It 1994 Short Ernest P. Worrel Aster Clement Baby Ernest ...
Ernest Goes to School 1994 Ernest
Ernest Rides Again 1993 Ernest
The Beverly Hillbillies 1993 Jed Clampett
Wilder Napalm 1993 Rex
Ernest's Greatest Hits Volume 2 1992 Video Ernest P. Worrell
Ernest Scared Stupid 1991 Ernest / Phineas Worrell
Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special 1990 TV Movie Ernest
Ernest Goes to Jail 1990 Ernest P. Worrell Mr. Felix Nash Auntie Nelda
Ernest Goes to Splash Mountain 1989 TV Movie Ernest
Fast Food 1989 Wrangler Bob Bundy
Hey, Vern, It's Ernest! 1988 TV Series Ernest P. Worrell Auntie Nelda Baby Ernest ...
Ernest Saves Christmas 1988 Ernest P. Worrell Aster Clement Auntie Nelda ...
Ernest Goes to Camp 1987 Ernest P. Worrell
Hey Vern, Win $10,000 1987 Video Ernest P. Worrell
The Ernest Film Festival 1986 Video Ernest P. Worrell
The Rousters 1983-1984 TV Series Evan Earp
Knowhutimean? Hey Vern, It's My Family Album 1983 Video Ernest P. Worrell Davy Worrell & Company Ace Worrell ...
The Rousters 1983 TV Movie Evan Earp
Spittin' Image 1982 Sheriff
Third Annual Final Warning!! 1979 TV Movie Various
Alice 1978 TV Series Milo Skinner
America 2-Night 1978 TV Series Virgil Simms
Fernwood Tonight 1977 TV Series Virgil Simms
Riding High 1977 TV Movie
Johnny Cash and Friends 1976 TV Series
Pop! Goes the Country 1974 TV Series Various Characters (1982-1983)


Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam 1986 additional dialogue
Knowhutimean? Hey Vern, It's My Family Album 1983 Video


The Beverly Hillbillies 1993 performer: "HOT ROD LINCOLN"
Ernest Goes to Camp 1987 performer: "GEE I'M GLAD IT'S RAININ'"


Stupa-Man 2008 special thanks
Atlantis: The Lost Empire 2001 in memory of


The Making of 'Atlantis: The Lost Empire' 2002 Video documentary Himself
The Story Behind 'Toy Story' 2000 Video documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Ed's Night Party 1997 TV Series Himself
Oops! The World's Funniest Outtakes 5 1997 TV Movie Himself - Guest
Showbiz Today 1995 TV Series Himself
The Wonderful World of Disney: 40 Years of Television Magic 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
XXX's & OOO's 1994 TV Movie Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993 TV Series Himself
Comic Relief IV 1990 TV Special documentary Himself
The Home Show 1990 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 1989 TV Series Himself
Comic Relief III 1989 TV Special documentary Himself
The 31st Annual Grammy Awards 1989 TV Special Himself
Happy New Year, America 1988 TV Special Himself / Ernest
CBS This Morning 1988 TV Series Himself
Walt Disney World Celebrity Circus 1987 TV Special Himself - Performer
The New Hollywood Squares 1987 TV Series Himself - Guest
Hee Haw 1986 TV Series Himself
Pink Lady 1980 TV Series Himself / Various Characters
Dinah! 1976 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

The Marvelous M Show 2012-2016 TV Series Ernest P Worrell / Ernest P. Worrell / Aster Clement
Toy Story at 20: To Infinity and Beyond 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself - Slinky Dog
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2010 TV Series documentary Ernest / Phineas Worrell
E! True Hollywood Story 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Jeff Foxworthy's Comedy Classics 2000 Video documentary
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 2000 TV Special Himself (Memorial Tribute)

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